Yesterday Room 5 were lucky enough to have special instruction on safety
in the water provided by Swim Safe New Zealand.
We talked about how important it is to have the right fit life jacket.
This shows a life jacket that is too big. It must fit tight so you can not fall out of it in the water and it can keep you afloat properly.
This one fits much better. You should not be able to put your finger behind the clip
because it is so tight around the waist.
When we are in the water we lose a lot of heat so we must get in a huddle to keep warm with other people if possible. Arms go around the waist to keep head above the water.
After forming a huddle we break one place in the chain to form a line in the water. DO NOT PANIC!
This is the H.E.L.P position.
If we are on our own, we hug our chest when we are in the water to keep warm
so to lose the least amount of heat.
The H.E.L.P position.
The HUDDLE line position, floating on our back and kicking.
Here we stay as a huddle, not touch the pool floor and get from one end of the pool to the other.
This was a lot of fun!
Floating with our buddies.
Thank you Swim Safe New Zealand for providing us with this valuable and life saving experience.
Do you have swim safe lessons at your school?
Can you summarise the main points from this swim safe lesson?